Food Safety and your barbecue

Food Safety and your barbecue

That time is upon us and if you happen to be barbecuing then do have a checklist of things to do before you actually cook on the barbecue. Cooking food outdoors can increase the risk of food poisoning. It’s harder to keep foods very hot or very cold and to keep everything clean. However, with…

Apricot Nut Dessert

Apricot Nut Dessert

Apricot Nut Dessert – Malai Khumani Malai Khumani is a popular recipe that was created in the princely southern state of Hyderabad. The sweet tooth of Hyderabadis is legendary. No meal is ever complete without a sweet and this dessert is a favourite at weddings, when the fresh apricot stone’s kernel is removed and used…

Dumpukht Lamb Biryani

Dumpukht Lamb Biryani

There are hundreds of varieties of biryani and the dum pukht biryani is the method of cooking the dish in a sealed vessel or spherical pot made from clay or steel known as a handi. A clay saucer is often used as the lid and placed on the top of the pot or vessel. The…

Chicken Jambalaya

Chicken Jambalaya

Serves 4 2 tbsp olive oil 2 chicken breasts, chopped 1 onion, chopped 2-4 garlic cloves, crushed or 2 tsp garlic puree 1.5 tbsp Cajun seasoning 2 tsp ground cumin 1 tsp smoked paprika  250g long grain rice, such as basmati 450g can plum tomatoes 500ml chicken stock 1 red pepper, thinly sliced   Heat…

Dal Makhani - Creamy Buttery Lentils

In rural Punjab in northern India, al fresco eating mainly occurs in self-service roadside joints called dhabas, frequently by truck drivers and travellers. They always serve dal makhani. which is cooked on a slow fire, often simmering for hours until the lentils turn creamy and are well flavoured with spices. The dal is sometimes rounded…

African Chickpea Stew

African Chickpea Stew

Serves 6-8 3 tbsp olive oil 2 onions, chopped 3-4 garlic cloves, finely chopped 1 tsp ground ginger ¼ tsp allspice 1 tsp curry powder A pinch of cayenne pepper or chilli powder 1/4 tsp fine sea salt 2 tsp tomato puree 1 x 450g can chopped tomatoes 2  x 450g cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed…